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Public and private cloud or different technologies like virtual machine or
containers. Our applications and our environments require to be resilient
doesn't matter where they are or which services are you using.

This project is a work in progress cross platform open source autoscaler.

We designed in collaboration with InfluxData to show how metrics can be used.

It is based on plugins called provider. At the moment we implemented:

orbiter daemon -config config.yml

Orbiter is a daemon that use a YAML configuration file to starts one or more
autoscaler and it exposes an HTTP API to trigger scaling up or down.

    provider: swarm
        up: 4
        down: 3
    provider: digitalocean
      token: zerbzrbzrtnxrtnx
      region: nyc3
      size: 512mb
      image: ubuntu-14-04-x64
      key_id: 163422
      userdata: |

          - sudo apt-get update
          - wget -qO- | sh
        up: 2
        down: 3

This is an example of configuration file. Right now we are creating two
autoscalers one to deal with swarm called events/php and the second one with
DigitalOcean called infra_scale.


  • provider contains integration with the platform to scale. It can be swarm,
    DigitalOcean, OpenStack, AWS.
  • Every autoscaler supports a k\v storage of parameters that you can use to
    configure your provider.
  • autoscaler` is composed by provider, parameters and policies. You can have
    one or more.
  • autoscaler has only or more policies they contains information about a
    specific application.

You can have only one autoscaler or more with th same provider. Same for
policies, only one or more. Doesn't matter.

Http API

Orbiter exposes an HTTP JSON api that you can use to trigger scaling UP (true)
or DOWN (false).

The concept is very simple, when your monitoring system knows that it's time to
scale it can call the outscaler to persist the right action

curl -v -d '{"direction": true}' \

Or if you prefer

curl -v -X POST http://localhost:8000/v1/orbiter/handle/infra_scale/docker/up

You can look at the list of services managed by orbiter:

curl -v -X GET http://localhost:8000/v1/orbiter/autoscaler

Look at the health to know if everything is working:

curl -v -X GET http://localhost:8000/v1/orbiter/halth


The autodetect mode starts when you don't specify any configuration file.
If you start oribter with the command:

orbiter daemon

It's going to start in autodetect mode. This modality at the moment only fetch
for Docker SwarmMode. It use the environment variables DOCKER_HOST and so on to
locate a Docker daemon. If it's in SwarmMode orbiter is going to look at all the
services currently running.

If a service is labeled with orbiter=true it's going to auto-register the
service and it's going to enable autoscaling.

Let's say that you started a service:

docker service create --label orbiter=true --name web -p 80:80 nginx

When you start orbiter, it's going to auto-register an autoscaler called
autoswarm/web. By default up and down are set to 1 but you can override
them with the label orbiter.up=3 and orbiter.down=2.

This calability allow you to istantiate orbiter in an extremely easy way in
Docker Swarm.


This project is trying to provide also an easy API to maintain a lot complexy
and clean code base in order to allow you to use orbiter as project for your
OpenStack, Kubernets all of them have a sort of autoscaling feature that you can
use. The idea is to keep this complexy out of your deployment tools. You can
just implement orbiter.
Another use case is a self-deployed application. Kelsey
had a talk about this
idea. I am still not sure that can be real in those terms but we are already
moving something in our applications that before was in external system as
monitoring, healthcheck why not the deployment part?

package scalingallthethings

import (

func CreateAutoScaler() *autoscaler.Autoscaler{
    p, _ := provider.NewProvider("swarm", map[string]string{})
    a, _ := autoscaler.NewAutoscaler(p, "name-service", 4, 3)
    return a

With docker

docker run -it -v ${PWD}/your.yml:/etc/orbiter.yml -p 8000:8000 gianarb/orbiter daemon

We are supporting an imag gianarb/orbiter in You can run it
with your configuration.

In this example I am using volumes but if you have a Docker Swarm 1.13 up and
running you can use secrets.

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